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Storm-hit Truro City battle desperately to get Hemel game on but it won't be played at Plymouth Argyle

By Rhod_Mitchell  |  Posted: February 06, 2014

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The damaged Council End stand at Treyew Road

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Truro City’s Home Calor League premier division game against leaders Hemel Hempstead Town is currently still on at Treyew Road on Saturday, despite the extensive storm damage the ground suffered earlier in the week.

Club chairman Pete Masters said he and secretary Tracey Finemore had been working tirelessly to try and ensure the match went ahead and have even approached Plymouth Argyle to see if the match could be played at Home Park instead.

But Argyle chairman James Brent had reluctantly turned down the request as the pitch needed a rest.

Mr Masters said: “James (Brent) told me that ‘they would love to help on this but the very strong advice was that the combination of a number of home games and the inclement weather left the pitch in significant need of a break’.

“I fully support his position and would like to thank both James Brent (Chairman) and Jason Turner (Secretary) for their ongoing support.

 “Tomorrow, subject to the weather conditions contractors will be removing the damaged areas of the Council end stand together with the cracked concrete walls to make the ground safe and useable.

“If all goes to plan the pitch will be marked out and made ready to play on Saturday. Hemel have informed us that they will be leaving for Treyew Road at 6am on the day of the match.

“We have agreed a referee's pitch inspection (subject to League approval) at 10am on the same day to confirm whether the game is on or off.

“In addition to this to avoid any unnecessary travel expenses by Hemel a pre-inspection of the pitch will take place (again by a referee) tomorrow evening.

“I have spoken to Steve Massey this morning in Berlin and brought him completely up to date.

“Please be warned that there are a lot of things that could be impossible to achieve within the timescale, however as a club I feel that we must do all we can to get this game on.  Further update will be issued as things develop.”

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